Clyde Van Loan - age 23 Died Dec. 12, 1933

by Deb Moorland

Clyde Van Loan was of Glade Park. He grew to manhood in Grand Junction, graduated from Grand Junction High School, and the Ross Business college. During the residence there, his father, Vance Van Loan, was six years foreman of the Mesa County yard on South 7th St. The family lived there until they moved to their place on Glade Park. He was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, on April 9, 1909. He was formerly employed in the Van Loan drug store in Grand Junction and for two years worked in the Interstate Cigar store, also in Grand Junction. Surviving him were his parents, Mr. and Mrs, Vance Van Loan, his brother, George Van Loan, who was at one of the Glade Park CCC camps and was near the scene of the accident and helped extricate his brother's body from the debris.

~ Guy Carlucci from The Untold Story of the Rimrock Drive and The Men History Forgot. With kind permission from Guy's wife Beth.

Guy's book is out of print, but we are hoping if there is enough interest that the Carlucci family will do a reprint.

Clyde's nephew, Jay Van Loan, is still operating the family ranch on Glade Park.

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Dec 12, 2013
Joint Funeral with Buster Moorland
by: Deb Moorland

A joint funeral was held for Clyde Van Loan and Robert N "Buster" Moorland. Their graves lie side by side in the Orchard Mesa Cemetery, as do the graves of their brothers George Van Loan, and Ralph H "Bill" Moorland.

Here is the obituary:

Obituary in Daily Sentinel: December 15, 1933


Services Over Two Youthful Rockslide Victims at Martin's Tomorrow at 2 p.m.

A joint funeral for Robert N. (Buster) Moreland, Jr. and Clyde Van Loan, two young men of the Glade Park district who were among the nine killed in the Tuesday rock slide on the Colorado National Monument rimrock road will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Martin funeral home on Colorado Avenue.

The services which start at 2 o'clock will be conducted by the Rev. Rex Kinsell of the Christian church. Burial will be in Orchard Mesa cemetery.

Old friends and schoolmates of the two young men, both of whom were well known in this city as well as the region where they made their homes, will serve as pallbearers. Many friends from the Glade Park area and from the Monument road camp will come here for the services.

"Buster" Moreland as he was generally known is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moreland, Sr., two brothers Ray and Ralph ("Bill") Moreland and two sisters, Lillian and Helen.

Clyde Van Loan, who had worked for some time in the local cigar store was the older son of Mr. and Mrs. Vance Van Loan and is survived by both parents as well as by his younger brother George.

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